July 26, 2005

Rocketing back to orbit...

Discovery's made it to orbit.

Now comes the next step.

Under a blue, nearly cloudless sky, the spacecraft lifted off at 10:39 a.m. ET, as scheduled.

"Liftoff of space shuttle Discovery, beginning America's new journey to the moon, Mars and beyond," said George Diller, the voice of shuttle launch control.

I don't think anyone will quit holding their collective breaths until Discovery makes it home in a couple of weeks.

Spaceflight Now is carrying constant real-time mission updates.

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